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Flyers Vs. Penguins ECQF: Pittsburgh's Asham and Neal to Face Disciplinary Hearings

Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos reported on Monday that two Pittsburgh Penguins will face disciplinary hearings on Tuesday morning for their actions in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

James Neal will have two hearings at 10am - one for his 3rd period hits on Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux.

Neal left his feet on the hit on Couturier, a hit that was unfounded and unnecessary as the rookie did not have control of the puck and it was nowhere near him. Neal targeted Couturier's head and left the 19-year-old dazed. Couturier left the ice for a few minutes to be tended to, but thankfully returned to finish the rest of the game.

It looked like a blatant attempt to take Couturier out, but Neal claimed it wasn't intentional.

Flyers Vs. Penguins ECQF, Game 3: Momentum on Flyers' Side

Heading into the third game of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Philadelphia Flyers have momentum on their side. Despite trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins by two goals or more in the first two games, the resilient group battled back in both and have taken a 2-0 series lead.

On Sunday, the two teams will meet for Game 3. The Flyers have already established their dominance over the Penguins, and have done so in dramatic fashion. They will be looking to make it three wins in a row, while the Penguins will hope to find their footing and earn their first victory of the series.

The Flyers had a 2-1 record against the Penguins at home and a 22-13-6 record overall in the Wells Fargo Center during the regular season, while Pittsburgh had a 22-15-4 road record.

Pittsburgh was the 2nd highest-scoring team on the road this season with 127 goals, while the Flyers were the 3rd highest-scoring home team with 139.

Schenn-sational: Schenn Tallies Three Points In Playoffs Debut

As the seconds ticked off the clock in the second period, the Flyers trailed 3-1 to the Penguins in Game 1.

It was a seemingly insurmountable deficit with the way Pittsburgh controlled the play through the first two periods with their physical bullying style of play.

The Flyers needed someone to step up and stand up to the bull and Brayden Schenn did just that, both metaphorically and literally.

Schenn was charged by Penguins forward Craig Adams with only seconds remaining on the clock. Schenn turned around and absorbed all of the hit, knocking Adams on his rear-end as Schenn stood over him and smiled.

Schenn then got in the face of Adams, goading a shove to the face that wasn’t called and skated away with a smirk on his face after the referees separated the two.

That could have been the turning point for the Flyers, who came back from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3 in overtime.

Trade Deadline: Even A Defenseman Can't Save These Flyers

The Flyers are considered to be buyers in the coming weeks as the trade deadline rolls near.

Players like Nashville’s Ryan Suter and Shea Weber as well as Toronto’s Luke Schenn have been mentioned in numerous possible trade situations and rumors. But in the end, will it all matter for the Flyers?

Before this turns into a column writing off the Flyers, take a step back and look at the situation the team is in. They are currently eight points behind the Rangers for the Atlantic Division lead while resting with the fourth seed.

But on the other side of the Flyers, they are only eight points ahead of the ninth place Capitals. The Flyers could very easily be in the bottom half of the playoff tree when April rolls around and their possible match ups could spell doom.

Sean Couturier: 'Steal' of the Draft

Sean Couturier slipped down to the eighth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. How has Couturier fared in the NHL compared to guys like Nugent-Hopkins and Landeskog? Better than you may think, considering he was drafted behind all of them.

Flyers Penalty Kill Looms Large Against Nashville

The Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night was one of the team’s most complete games of the season.

With all four forward lines operating like a well-oiled machine, the team managed to shell shock a Nashville team that was in the midst of a five-game winning streak.

The standout moments came in the form of Wayne Simmonds’ two-goal night, the energy of his line with Brayden Schenn and Zac Rinaldo, and the near flawless play of Ilya Bryzgalov.

However, it can’t be understated how important the team’s penalty kill was in the game’s outcome.

Shootout Struggles Continue For Flyers As They Face The Red Hot Predators

Splitting the decision in their last two games in over time shootouts, the Philadelphia Flyers (29-14-6) will look for a better outcome in tonight's matchup against theNashville Predators (31-16-4).

It is well known that the Flyers struggle when it comes to the shootout. It has been that way ever since the league decided to implement this circus act to avoid ties in the 2005-2006 season.

Players need to step up heading into game against Bruins

The last time the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins met, it was in the midst of a seven-game winning streak for the Flyers.

But unfortunately for the orange and black-clad team, that streak came to an abrupt end when they hosted the Stanley Cup champion Bruins.

In a pathetic showing which was featured on HBO’s 24/7, the Flyers were abused 6-0 at the hands of Boston. Just over a month later, the Bullies will seek pay back against the Bruins, who they have split the season series, 1-1, so far.

Wayne Simmonds: The Kind of Guy Philly Loves

Wayne Simmonds is the kind of player Philadelphia loves.

Hardworking, tough and resilient, Simmonds embodies the kind of ‘bring your lunch to work’ player that have historically won over the respect of the Flyers faithful.

All season, he has demonstrated that he is a versatile player capable of being physically imposing as well as quick on his feet.

Couturier, Read and Simmonds Belong Together

Imagine what would happen if Couturier had a chance to center Simmonds and Read on the third line.

In the last five games, the Flyers have scored a total of 13 goals. In that span, Couturier, Read and Simmonds have scored seven, which makes up over half of the production. In total, the group has a combined 15 points in their last five games.

There is much discussion about how Couturier deserves more minutes. A move to the third line would allow for that. Not to mention that he and Read are starting to develop a chemistry of their own when paired on the penalty kill.